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Iberolacerta horvathi (MÉHELY, 1904)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Horvath's Rock Lizard
G: Kroatische Gebirgseidechse
Croatian: velebitska gušterica
Italian: lucertola di Horvath 
SynonymLacerta horvathi MÉHELY 1904
Lacerta horvathi — MÉHELY 1909: 600
Lacerta horvathi — MERTENS & MÜLLER 1940
Lacerta horvathi — MERTENS & WERMUTH 1960
Lacerta horvathi — BISCHOFF 1984: 265
Lacerta horvathi — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Iberolacerta (Iberolacerta) horvathi — ARRIBAS 1997
Lacerta horvathi — CABELA et al. 2002
Iberolacerta horvathi — CROCHET et al. 2004
Lacerta (Iberolacerta) horvathi — CARRANZA et al. 2004
Iberolacerta horvathi — BISCHOFF 2005
Iberolacerta horvathi — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Iberolacerta) horvathi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Iberolacerta horvathi — SPEYBROECK et al. 2020 
DistributionSingle mountains of NW Croatia, Slowenia, NE Italy, S Austria

Type locality: Jasenak, Kroatien  
TypesSyntypes: NMW 16025:1,2; BMNH 1946.9.1.24, ZISP 
CommentRelationships: Although Lacerta (Iberolacerta) horvathi is isolated from the other members of the (sub-) genus Iberolacerta geographically, it is more closely related to I. monticola/cyreni than to the other Iberian species (see CROCHET et al. 2004).

Distribution: Engelmann et al. 1993 listed the species for Germany (although they say in the text that this needs verification), but later sources (e.g. SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008) do not confirm this. 
EtymologyNamed after Geza Horvath (1847-1937), Hungarian entomologist. 
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